LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded

by Simon Beecroft, Jason Fry

Hardcover(Updated)

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Overview

With more than two million copies of the original sold worldwide since 2009, DK now brings you a fully revised and updated edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller, LEGO® Star Wars®: The Visual Dictionary.

Complete with 48 additional pages and updated throughout to show all of the new sets and innovations from LEGO® Star Wars®, LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Update and Expanded provides detailed and annotated photography giving insight into the characters, locations, creatures, and spacecraft of the LEGO galaxy far, far away. Young Padawans will learn the ins and outs about their favorite vehicles, weapons, and minifigures such as Anakin, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader.

Fans of all ages will learn about every LEGO Star Wars set released while exploring the updated cross sections that expose the inner workings of larger-piece sets such as the Death Star or Millennium Falcon. The updated "Beyond the Bricks" chapter goes behind-the-scenes to take a look at how LEGO sets are made, new models, plus fun fan creations. Of course this book would not be complete without an exclusive LEGO Star Wars minifigure, which is sure to impress even the most dedicated collector.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781465419217
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Series: Lego Star Wars Series
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 455,819
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: IG1240L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

Interviews

A CONVERSATION WITH JASON FRY, CO-AUTHOR OF LEGO STAR WARS: THE VISUAL DICTIONARY: UPDATED & EXPANDED

1. You have written nearly 30 books and short stories set in the Star Wars galaxy. Is LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated & Expanded your first attempt at writing about the world of LEGO Star Wars?

Yes, the updated version of this book marked my first foray into LEGO Star Wars. When I found out about the new edition of the book, my first question was the same one I imagine many readers had: "Wait, is this just the 2009 book with a couple of added pages?" I was relieved when DK said it absolutely wasn't — the book was being completely reimagined, with almost every page filled with new sets and new information. That made me happy, and while I was on book tour I heard loud and clear that it made LEGO Star Wars fans happy too. LEGO Star Wars is such a robust, ever-changing world that it was definitely time for a chronicle of everything new, and one that could also include everybody's old favorites.

The biggest challenge was that while I know a lot about Star Wars, LEGO was new to me. I spent hours on YouTube watching LEGO Star Wars fans put sets together and show off their secrets. That was an enormous help — and also pretty fun!

2. Many LEGO designs have changed in the five years since the first edition of this book came out—yellow faces have become flesh-colored, starfighters and vehicles have been revised with even more detail and accuracy, and new Star Wars characters and sets have been translated into brick form. What is your favorite addition to this new edition, and why?

I love the new minifigures — some of the ones that have appeared since the original book in 2009 could almost be movie props. I mean, look at the A-Wing Pilot, or the Gamorrean Guard, or Boushh. Those figures are simply amazing. Plus I love the new Jabba's Palace and Rancor Pit combination. Those sets look like they'd be really fun to build and to play with.

3. The LEGO Star Wars products were first introduced in 1999 and have been in production every year since. Is there a particular time period when your favorite sets came out?

I love the newest ones — the detail is just astonishing. But at the same time, the reason LEGO has been a staple of living rooms for generations is that you can use bricks to build something specific or let your imagination run wild and create whatever you want. And I think it's awesome that that's still true.

4. What LEGO Star Wars minifigure do you relate to the most, and why?

I'd like to say Han Solo — I love how LEGO captured his smug grin. But to be honest, these days I'm basically a cross between Lobot and Jabba the Hutt. Fortunately, LEGO has awesome minifigures of both!

5. What part of LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated & Expanded are you most excited to share with readers?

That's what's so great about LEGO Star Wars — each reader will have his or her own favorite part. Someone will be thrilled to look at all the different clone troopers, someone else will let a description of the first Anakin's Podracer set take them down memory lane, and a third reader will dig the behind-the-scenes accounts of how sets come to life. Like LEGO Star Wars itself, there's something in it for everybody.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grandson was very pleased with getting this book which he had requested. It arrived very quickly - which was amazing considering the time of year and all the holiday shopping.
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Ann_W More than 1 year ago
As a big Star Wars fan, I was fascinated and impressed by all the Lego Star Wars sets. I bought the original Visual Dictionary several years ago, and it is fun to browse through. Here's the new and updated version with more Lego sets and more fun. I love all the details that are pointed out by the two authors, who know their Star Wars. Of course it's great to have a new Star Wars minifigure as a bonus, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the orginal product, my son used a abused it so much, that the spine is falling off :D